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Simple Brothy Veggie Soup

August 28, 2012

Yes yes, I know I haven’t made a post in a while.  I’ve been occupied by playing games and watching Netflix and decided to finally get off my lazy buns and post a recipe.  This was a dish I’ve made a few times and LOVE!  It’s hard not to eat both servings at once.  For some tips to save money on this dish, make sure to read the info after the recipe! 🙂

 

Simple Brothy  Veggie Soup

2 Cups of Beef Stock

1/3 Cup of Chopped Cabbage

1 Small Onion (mine was approximately 1/3 cup size chopped)

1 Zucchini (small to medium sized preferred)

1 tsp garlic

1 tsp Onion Powder

1 tbl Butter

Salt and Pepper

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Julienne zucchini (make zoodles or if you do not have a fancy-shmancy peeler, you can cut the zucchini however you like) and dice the onions and cabbage.  Sautee in butter on medium high for about one to two minutes.  You do not want the veggies soggy but want them still slightly crunchy.  Add garlic and onion powder and stir well.  Pour in two cups of broth and bring to boil.  Turn off soup, cover, and set aside.  Soup should continue cooking while it’s set aside.  Add salt and pepper as desired.  Makes two servings.

7 carbs per serving, 2 grams fiber- 5 net carbs total (according to Myfitnesspal.com).

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You could also make this an Asian flavored soup by adding green scalions, sesame oil, water chestnuts, bean sprouts, etc.  It’s meant to be a simple soup when you’re in a hurry, not necessarily an elegant dish.  It especially tastes great the next day!  For the non-low carbers, you could add some yummy noodles or rice to this.  Also, beef would go great with this.  I make most of my soups sans meat for quick and easy meals cause sometimes this girl is too lazy to cook meat!

If you’re on a budget, this is definitely a great meal to have.  Some tips to saving money on this.  Buy your veggies at a farmer’s market or discount grocery store or to save even more, grow your own!  Locally, most grocery stores run $1.49-$1.89 a pound for zucchini (darn you people that can buy them cheaper!).  Farmer’s markets can offer a much more reasonable price and sometimes the discount grocery store sells for around the same price as the farmer’s market (in my experience).  For the broth, if you don’t have homemade, go to the Dollar Tree!  Yep, the Dollar Tree is an excellent spot for lots of useful ingredients.  You can get a 4 cup box of broth for $1, much cheaper and worthwhile than the canned broth and boxed broth in other stores.  The kind I purchased has about 2 carbs total for the box, which is pretty excellent.  I believe mine contained a little dextrose, but for the price, carb count, and taste it is worth it.

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Chocolate Mug Cake with Creamy Strawberry Icing

July 29, 2012

I know this is a day late, but here is the cake recipe! Yesterday my computer was commandeered by the men of my house. I had a few minutes of internet time and unfortunately none of that was on my blog! So here is a quick and delicious cake that I’ve made twice now and LOVE! Again, like my other recipes, this can be changed however you wish. I’m just showing you how I enjoy it. 🙂

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Chocolate Mug Cake with Creamy Strawberry Icing

2 TBL Coconut Flour

2 TBL Flax Seed

2 TBL Butter

2 TBL LC Milk

1 Egg

1/2 TSP Baking Powder

2 Packets of sweetener (one if you want it less sweet)

Icing

2 TBL Butter

2 TBL Cream Cheese

1 TSP SF Strawberry Syrup

1 Packet Sweetener (you can add more if you want it super sweet like real icing)

Melt butter in microwave and mix dry ingredients. Beat egg and add to mixture. Add butter (2 TBL), mix all together and cook for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes in microwave depending on wattage. Remove from microwave, flip mug over on plate and remove cake. Put remaining butter and cream cheese in microwave-safe bowl and heat for at least 20 seconds. Take out, add sweetener and syrup, and mix well. Once cake is cooled cut cake in half, spoon some icing onto one half and then top with the other half. Drizzle remaining icing on top. Sit cake in fridge for a few minutes to let the icing firm up.

Carbs- 18 Net Carbs- 7 (Can be higher depending on sweetener)

You can omit the butter from the icing if you wish. I think I will try it without it next time. It made a very soft icing which I enjoyed but I decided I would have liked it thicker.

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